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MEET DR. LEAH S. CULLINS

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.

– Robert Frost

Dr. Leah S. Cullins, FNP-BC is an Assistant Professor/ Family Nurse

Dr. Cullins has been actively involved in the care of clients with HIV and infections since 2008 where she diagnoses, treats and educates these patients. She obtained certification for HIV quick testing in 2007. She has lectured and presented on HIV/AIDS and nursing implications nationally. Her research interests include disparities, physical, and psycho-social responses to HIV/AIDS Disease and also HIV prevention and education.  Dr. Cullins has been sub-primary investigator on over 30 pharmaceutical clinical trials in which she actively published on. Many of these drugs are used worldwide.Practitioner at Southern University School of Nursing where she teaches nursing students. She maintains weekly faculty practice at the newly opened Louisiana Healthcare Services where she is the Founder and owner.

A well recognized community activist and change agent, Dr. Cullins is the President of the Chartering Chapter of The 100 Black Women of Metropolitan Baton Rouge; a member of Junior League of Baton Rouge; a member of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority; a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Sorority.

Dr. Leah S. Cullins; passion for healthcare is motivated by the desire to not only make a difference in the lives of many but to empower individuals with the knowledge needed to care for others and themselves.

After graduating from McKinley Senior High, Leah obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southern University School of Nursing. She received her MSN in Nursing from Southern University and a Doctorate in Nursing from University of Alabama, while serving as an advocate to the HIV/AIDS community. Leah has begun a health initiative called Geaux Get Healthy that will empower, educate and improve health within the State of Louisiana. Leah was appointed to the Governor’s Commission in 2010 and the Mayor’s Health Initiative in 2013. Recently the Mayor Broome appointed her to the Ryan White Board. Leah is self-described as being a “voice” for the silent when dealing with HIV and the stigma that comes with the disease. As both medical professional and nursing professor, she has laid the blueprint for success for her patients and students by providing the education and support. Cullins is adamant about breaking down barriers and opening doors for excellent healthcare for the disenfranchised. To further her mission to serve the disenfranchised, Dr. Cullins served as the Medical Director for the 2018 Free Health Clinic that was held in the City of Baton Rouge earlier this year where thousands of residents received free medical, dental, and vision services.

Leah has a proven track record that shows she is a hardworking individual and not afraid to step up and work to eradicate the health problems that are plaguing the community. Leah Serves on the Board of “It Takes A Village” the organization that feeds the homeless every Sunday without fail. “It Takes a Village is a movement that started out as a cooked meal one Sunday and has grown into a weekly event Every Sunday rain or shine. This movement is used to spread love. It Takes a Village Baton Rouge also provides food, clothing, shoes, and housing to the homeless. As a medical professional, she continues to proudly speak on the strides and accomplishments that Baton Rouge has made in the area of community health care.

Dr. Leah S. Cullins has recently opened a family  health clinic; Louisiana Healthcare Services in North Baton Rouge (5 minutes from Southern University) to increase the access to healthcare in North Baton Rouge and address the needs of the community. Louisiana Healthcare services will provide a School Based Clinic in the Charter school UP that is located in North Baton Rouge providing healthcare access to the under-served. She is also providing a School Based Clinic in a Charter school in New Orleans, La. Where her second location of Louisiana Healthcare Services will open Fall 2019.

As if her contributions thus far to the medical community are not enough, Cullins also has political aspirations. She ran for Councilwoman in Baton Rouge in 2015. She plans to continue pursuing her political agenda to help bring change to communities as a whole. Cullins continues to pursue her goals. She continues to branch out into different ventures. She plans to run for public office again. In an effort to strengthen her platform as a viable candidate, Leah is a 2018 Emerge Louisiana Alumna. This training program equips by vesting in them through training them to run for public office. Not only does Cullins plan to make impact in the political arena, she also knows that education is one of the best resources to provide to people. People need knowledge in order to change poor health habits.

Dr. Cullins was recently  recognized as a 2018 Phenomenal Woman of the Year by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and also received the 2018 Circle of Achievement in Life Sciences and Medicine by Southern University Alumni Federation being the youngest SU Alumna to receive the distinction to date. She is Baton Rouge Business Report Top 40 Under 40 Class 2018 and 2019 Esprit de Femme Honoree.

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